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Canadian Olympian Luger John Fennell: 'I Am Gay'

John Fennell, who competed for Canada in luge at the 1014 Witner Olympics in Sochi, has come out as gay in an interview with the Calgary Herald:

FennellNo more secrets. No more changing pronouns in conversations about personal relationships. No more fretting over perceived cracks in the story.

“It’s suffocating,” Fennell says of life inside the proverbial closet, even in the year 2014. “You have to play this game of, ‘who knows?’ You can’t let off any vibes or secrets. You have to act super macho. You have to be hyper aware of your mannerisms and to not let off any vibes that could get detected. It’s very exhausting.

“It’s an all-consuming paranoia of who could find out through what means.”

Fennell said he felt "isolated and alone" going into Sochi, which is part of what prompted his coming out, which he did while he was there:

“I was a little distraught over the lack of leadership going into Sochi,” he says of competing in country with laws forbidding “propaganda” of homosexuality to minors. “There were a few out girls, but to my knowledge there weren’t any out guys, and I know they’re there.

“I’m an athlete. Realistically, I put on a spandex suit and slide down a mountain. I’m no message board for political movements. But we need to have leaders in our sport community. If it takes a 19 year old to step up and to that, I’m more than willing to use my voice or the platform that I’ve been given to give a figurehead to gay youth in sport.”

Fennell, who said he was a "basket case" going into Russia, met with out Olympian Mark Tewksbury, who mentored him and inspired Fennell to find the courage to come out to his team while he was in Russia, and to his family when he got home.

 “You know that feeling when you’re falling asleep and you have that feeling that you’re falling, and you hit the ground, and you’re suddenly awake?” Fennell asks. “Well, that’s what it was like for me. I was totally, fully conscious all at once. A whole new aspect of myself opened up and it’s very liberating.”

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Jimmy Kimmel Mocks the U.S. Olympic Lugers for Complaining About Immature Gay Jokes: VIDEO

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Jimmy Kimmel mocked U.S. lugers complaining about a recent ad from the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion which comments on Russia's anti-gay laws by depicting luging in a sexual way.

Suggests Kimmel, who admits he's told his fair share of immature gay jokes: "Maybe luging would seem less sexual if we tried some different positions."

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U.S. Olympian Records Insane GoPro Video Of The Luge Track At Sochi: VIDEO

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Matt Mortenson, an American doubles luger competing at the Sochi Games, recorded a video of the Olympic luge track at the Sanki Sliding Center when it first opened for training a little over a year ago. According to Business Insider, the track is slower than the track from the 2010 Vancouver Games--an altogether terrifying thought.

Ride along for an adrenaline fueled journey at 80 miles per hour AFTER THE JUMP...

Warning for those of you who get motion sick: you may want to take a Dramamine before watching.

On a side note, like Christian Niccum, Mortensen also spoke out yesterday regarding his displeasure over the viral ad from The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion which comments on Russia's anti-gay laws by depicting luging in a sexual way, the NYT reports:

 “For some reason,” he said, “whether it’s Jimmy Kimmel or Conan O’Brien or anyone, doubles luge is always the target. It’s never about football players taking a snap or whatever. We’ve heard all this stuff before.”

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American Olympian Christian Niccum Rips Viral Ad Which Depicts Luging as Gay Sport: VIDEO

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American Olympic luger Christian Niccum is angry about the now viral spot from The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion which comments on Russia's anti-gay laws by depicting luging in a sexual way, Reuters reports:

Niccum"It's a gross misrepresentation of everything. All of it seems like a lie to me," Niccum, the oldest member of the American luge team at 36 and now a three-time Olympian, told Reuters.

Added Niccum of the ad, which is set to the Human League's "Don't You Want Me":

"To compare sports to sexuality is ridiculous...When we were kids I didn't get on the doubles sled thinking, well it never even crossed my mind, that 'oh, this is gay'. You think of like...wrestlers...football players, or whoever...'oh it's male on male contact so something is going on'. It's just sportsmanship. When did we come so sexual about everything? Kids don't think that way and now they're having commercials and promoting that this is the way sports are. I just think it's too bad. It made me really think when I was a kid. Those types of thoughts never crossed my mind and now they are promoting diversity using our sport. I don't think it's fair for people that do have same sex attraction that they are using sport to promote their lifestyle. It's not that way at all. To make those comparisons, I think it's sad."

You can view the spot, which has been viewed more than 4.8 million times, AFTER THE JUMP...

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